55 photos that will make you drop everything and visit Angkor in Cambodia.
Hi wanderlust friends, in our last Post we talked about things to do in Siem Reap beyond Temples. This time we are going to write about this wonderful experience of visiting Angkor Wat!
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The temples of Angkor are situated in the northwest province of Siem Reap. There are more than 1000 temples, built between the 9th and 13th centuries, and these remaining structures are the sacred skeleton of what was once the social, religious and administrative centre of the Khmer Empire.
Portuguese travellers are believed to have been the first Europeans to gaze in wonder at the temples of Angkor while exploring the region during the 16th Century. However, most of the credit for the “discovery” of Angkor has fallen to French botanist Henri Mouhot, whose visit to Angkor in 1860 was posthumously documented in Paris in 1868.
Angkor Wat was built between 1113 and 1150 and is the largest religious monument in the whole world. Half of Cambodia tourism is credited to international tourists wanting to visit Angkor Wat.
Sunset on Pre Rup Temple
On the first evening exploring temples, we watch the sunset from the top of Pre Rup Temple with an amazing view for Cambodian jungle! Such a perfect match.
Sunrise in Angkor Wat
Watching sun going up behind Angkor Wat is one of the most famous experience in this area, which is definitely worth waking up at 04:00 am! After this spectacular sunrise we went back to the hotel to relax and eat breakfast before exploring more temples.
Angkor Thom was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire! Gate to Angkor Thom “great City”, located in Siem reap, Cambodia!
Ta Prohm was one of our favourites temples in Siem reap! Have you seen Tomb Raider movie. The film was set in this amazing temple in the Jungle.
It is the perfect image of an ancient ruins being devoured by the forest, and undeniably one of the most atmospheric sites in the whole archaeological park.
The photogenic combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it Ta Prohm so special and unique.
Bayon temple was one of our favorite ones. It’s a unique construction features a number of smiling stone faces on its towers. There is loads of cool spots to take amazing shots.
We have spend 3 days visiting many different sites of Angkor. It was a great experience to be able to see such an old and vast area with temples. Every part of it is very carefully detailed. There is a story written on every wall. Exploring some of them makes you realise how powerful this nation was thousand years ago. It is definitely lifetime experience which you should add to your bucket list.